10 Aug

Today we’re going to talk about the craziness that is the fashion world and Photoshop.  I know that if you read the news, this stuff probably won’t be all that new to you, but it’s just so unbelievable that I couldn’t help myself but talk about it again.  If you’re wondering what the hell I’m babbling about, here:

And here:

Source for both images

The top image is obviously from a Ralph Lauren ad.  The model’s name is  Countess Filippa Hamilton (that’s right bitches, just like Luann De Lesseps) and she is absolutely beautiful.  Sadly though, the liberties they took with the Photoshop tools left her looking like more like a Bratz doll, less like the beautiful girl she is.   She’s been modeling for Ralph Lauren for some time and they were never quite so bold with the Photoshop before, so I’m not sure what motivated them this time.  Let’s hope they go back to their old ways. 

The bottom images are from Ann Taylor’s website.  I’m sure you heard about the very public Photoshop disaster that was unveiled on their website.  But, if you haven’t heard I’ll fill you in.  Basically if you were perusing the Ann Taylor website for some great sales, you were able to see the way the model actually looks (the left image) while the page was loading.  Once the page finished loading, the model was magically transformed to her new more thin self on the right.  Somehow her hips are smaller than her shoulders and her waist is at about an 18.  Jezebel sat down with Ann Taylor’s spokeswoman for a very candid interview.  Feel free to read it here.  She basically said they are extremely embarrassed as this is the second incident of Photoshop “overzealousness” within a few months.  They updated their Photoshop standards in May of this year and will continue to make modifications. 

So let’s look at a completely different use of Photoshop. 


This time, the model (Rachel Zoe) was transformed from her teeny tiny self to a size 8, or what I am calling reverse Photoshop.   So what’s the deal?  Today we want to make people look regular because they’re normally tiny?  According to the magazine, they were letting her “try some new curves on for size.”  Sigh.  I’m confused. 

What’s your take on Photoshopping images?


5 Responses to “Photoshop”

  1. Mina 08/10/2010 at 10:26 pm #

    this is sad. so sad. i mean, i thought the RL and AT photoshopped images were cartoons, they are that outlandish and horrible.

    p.s. i’m sorry, did they call rachel zoe “slender”? um, okay, guess they consulted the thesaurus for a synonym for “excruciatingly emaciated.” sorry i’m being mean.

    • kelsey@mintedlife 08/11/2010 at 9:28 am #

      I know, it’s pretty unbelievable and so sad. Sean always says that Bravo shouldn’t give her a show because she’s so unhealthy.

  2. Serena 08/10/2010 at 10:48 pm #

    Ugh, how sad. I just don’t know how that makes the clothing more appealing to the average woman either. And I must say, Rachel Zoe looks MUCH better with that photoshop-upped simulation.

  3. Geek in Heels 08/11/2010 at 6:54 am #

    I admit that I use Photoshop myself when it comes to removing zits, cleaning up flyaway hair, etc on photos I want printed, displayed prominently, etc. However, the level of re-touching that is so rampant in today’s media is really sad. As if we don’t have enough insecurities already! And I agree with Serena above…Rachel Zoe looks better with some extra meat on her!

  4. kelsey@mintedlife 08/11/2010 at 9:29 am #

    @Serena, @Geek in Heels: I agree, she looks MUCH better as her size 8 self. And, if that’s an 8 then I’m a 24 or something. Also, those shoes? I die, and not in a good way. They are terrible!!

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